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The Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) health care system was once considered one of the worst in the United States. For many veterans, it was the last resort. In the early 1990s, in fact, its system had deteriorated so much that Congress considered disbanding it. However, since then, it has undergone a dramatic transformation and is now considered one(More)
Health care has lagged behind other industries in its use of advanced analytics. The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has three decades of experience collecting data about the veterans it serves nationwide through locally developed information systems that use a common electronic health record. In 2006 the VHA began to build its Corporate Data(More)
six strategies for electronic medical records systems Recently, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems have emerged as a solution to providing timely and accurate information to support various health care needs. In 2005, President Bush created the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and proposed the creation of a(More)
While calcium signaling in excitable cells, such as muscle or neurons, is extensively characterized, calcium signaling in epithelial tissues is little understood. Specifically, the range of intercellular calcium signaling patterns elicited by tightly coupled epithelial cells and their function in the regulation of epithelial characteristics are little(More)
OBJECTIVES We describe electronic health data use by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the month after Katrina, including supporting technologies, the extent and nature of information accessed, and lessons learned. METHODS We conducted a retrospective study using cross-sectional panels of data collected sequentially over time. RESULTS By(More)
The Polystore architecture revisits the federated approach to access and querying the standalone, independent databases in the uniform and optimized fashion, but this time in the context of heterogeneous data and specialized analyses. In light of this architectural philosophy, and in the light of the major data architecture development efforts at the US(More)
August 29, 2005. HurricAne KAtrinA mAde lAndfAll and caused catastrophic damage along the coastlines of Alabama, mississippi, and louisiana killing at least 1,836 people.12 nearly 80% of the city of new Orleans and surrounding areas were ravaged. Katrina is estimated to be responsible for more than $80 billion in damages, making it the costliest hurricane(More)
Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, and floods, have a profound impact on healthcare by limiting healthcare providers' ability to effectively provide patient care in the affected areas and respond to myriad healthcare needs of the affected population. The situation can potentially be(More)
In response to the growing incidence of cancer in Malawi, a new oncology unit was established at the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre. The unit opened in 2010, the first in the country, and is led by a single consultant oncologist. In 2012, a healthcare partnership was formed between the oncology and palliative care unit at Queen Elizabeth Central(More)
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